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The star-studded XI of Brazil’s World Cup absentees

With Neymar spearheading the squad, Tite recently revealed the 23 men he’ll be taking to Russia for the World Cup.

With football deeply stitched in their culture, there were always going to be some big names left out. Here’s out XI of the players Tite won’t be taking to the World Cup.

Neto
With 10 clean sheets and five penalty saves this season between the sticks for Valencia, Neto seemed to be a slam dunk for the squad. Nevertheless, he ended up fourth best behind Alisson, Ederson and Cassio.

Dani Alves
Expected to captain his national side in Russia, Dani Alves suffered a season-ending knee ligament injury in the Coupe de France final. Alves won’t get the chance to add the World Cup to the domestic treble he achieved with PSG.

Jemerson
Jemerson is one of the first names on the team sheet at Monaco and has played 43 games with the French side this season. He’s yet to play in a competitive game for Brazil, and he won’t in Russia.

David Luiz
It’s been a tough season for David Luiz who’s featured in just 17 games. After being sidelined with an injury, the defender never managed to break back into Chelsea’s starting line-up and went off the grid.

Alex Sandro
The left-back has been instrumental in Juventus’ ‘Scudetto’ triumph this season but has rarely been gifted the chance to flaunt his talents on the international stage.

Luiz Gustavo
Gustavo has had a strong season with Olympique de Marseille who reached the Europa League final. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he didn’t make the cut.

Rafinha
Rafinha’s season has been marred by injuries and the midfielder hasn’t hit the heights we’ve come to expect from him. On loan at Inter, Rafinha’s performances have been lacking.

Arthur
The 21-year-old has been Gremio’s start this season and secured a dream move to Barcelona. For his lack of experience at senior level, Tite felt Russia is too soon for Arthur.

Luan
Luan was undoubtedly the best player in the Copa Libertadores, netting eight goals. That said, he hasn’t been called up to represent Brazil since September.

Anderson Talisca
With 18 goals in 48 games, Talisca is firing on all cylinders at Besiktas. At just 24 years old, the forward already has La Liga and Premier League sides fighting for his signature.

Willian José
It’s not easy to break into Brazil’s forward line but Willian José showed his worth with style. Playing for Real Sociedad, the striker has netted 20 goals this season but not enough to oust with Neymar or Firmino.

 

 

 

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